Study Says Fingernail Germs & Bacteria Are A Serious Issue, Reminding Us To Never Bite Our Nails

Even the cleanest of neat freaks aren’t able to run away from all 10 million of the germs on our hands — especially not the germs underneath our nails. Oh, nail biters, are you all in for a shocking surprise. Studies have revealed that our nails are not only housing germs, but they're even creating them. Although your hands may feel cold and dry, your nail beds are actually warm and moist. And the dirty truth is: that type of environment makes germs thrive.

According to Dr. Carl Edwards, “Small droplets transmitted through the air will hold bacteria. Bugs that live in the gut for example are designed to survive in a warm wet environment, such as under fingernails.” And the longer your nails are, the better it is...for germs to thrive. Yikes!

If that isn’t enough to convince you to stop biting your long nails, I’m not sure what will. I don’t think I can ever look at my nails the same way ever again. If you’re cringing just as hard as I am, then you’ll be relieved to know that a woman named Emma Myer created a dry, anti-bacterial nail brush called Bruzz, specifically made to clean all those germs under your nails. And you don’t even need soap and water! You can get rid of all those germies at work, when you’re on the bus, when you're out running errands, literally anywhere.

Cop your very own Bruzz for $15.30 USD on Boots. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go sterilize myself.

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